Ethiopia and Iceland agree on geothermal development. AfDB is involved with several geothermal projects in East Africa.
Ethiopia: Iceland to Aid Geothermal Exploration
The Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA), which previously has a geothermal agreement underway in Rwanda, has entered an agreement on geothermal development in Ethiopia. This second ICEIDA/NDF Geothermal Exploration Project aims to assist the Government of Ethiopia in geothermal goals, most immediately through identifying potential sites for exploration drilling. Surface exploration activities will target the Tendaho Alalobeda and Aluto Langano areas. The project is initiated under the Iceland-World Bank compact on geothermal energy. The Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) and the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO) are the implementing agencies. Geothermal surface exploration activities will focus on Tendaho Alalobeda and Aluto Langano areas, and a capacity building project for geothermal exploration is being initiated at Gedemsa. Allafrica.com; Dailyfusion.net
AfDB Supporting Geothermal in Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and the Comoros
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB), founded in 1964, supports sustainable economic development projects and social progress. A post on the group’s site (Afdb.org) highlights their involvement at the Menengai project in Kenya, and summarizes their geothermal work around the region: “The AfDB Group is currently working with Djibouti on the development of a 50 MW power plant in the Lake Assal region. In Ethiopia, the AfDB Group is playing a leading role in defining a geothermal development roadmap. In Tanzania, the Bank Group is leading the development of the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program, which will include the financing of a geothermal development project. In the Comoros, the AfDB Group is working to develop a 20 MW geothermal plant, matching the needs of the archipelago.”